BBB Warns of Boston Explosion Charity Scammers

(Memphis) Millions of Americans want to help the families of people killed and hurt in the Boston marathon blasts.

The Better Business Bureau warns predators are out there, trying to take advantage of your generosity.

“Don’t let your emotion outstrip your common sense, if you want to give, good for you. Slow down a little bit and check out the charity to see how it will help the victims,” said Randy Hutchinson with the Better Business Bureau.

Hutchinson says there are already more than 125 domain websites with names connected to the Boston terror attack.

“Some of these could end up being legitimate, but the quickness in which they popped up, it’s a high probability they could end up being fraudulent,” advised Hutchinson.

Hutchinson stresses true charities, most of the time, will have a “.org” at the end of their website URL not a “.com.”

There’s other ways to stay alert of crooks trying to cash in on your good will.

“Watch out for vague appeals, help victims is too vague. You want to understand exactly where your money is going and what they are going to do with it,” said Hutchinson.

The BBB also warns hackers could try to take advantage during this time.

You could click on a link thinking you are helping victims, but instead download a virus.

If you feel like you have been scammed contact the BBB.

Hutchinson also suggests checking with the BBB before you cough up cash, just to make sure a charity is legit, “Even well intentioned organizations may not have the resources or experience to truly help.”

To research your charity in question, click here.


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